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Lakehead Public Presentation on Palliative Care in Remote First Nations Communities

by NationTalk on April 12, 2007479 Views

— “Helping Hands” Program a Success

(Thunder Bay – April 10, 2007) Lakehead University’s Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health (CERAH), and the Centre for Northern Studies, are hosting a public presentation on the “Helping Hands” Program. Presenting is Christine DeCourtney, Cancer Program Planning and Development Manager, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

Date: Monday, April 16
Time: 9 – 11:00 a.m.
Place: Room 2010 at the Balmoral Street Centre, Lakehead University

“Helping Hands” was developed and first implemented in Alaska in 1999, and it blends a village-focused, culturally sensitive volunteer and primary care program with contemporary palliative care medicine to allow Alaska Natives and others living in remote communities to be cared for at home through the end of life. Since the program’s implementation, the percentage of home deaths for selected causes has changed from 33% in 1977 to 77% in 2001. Christine DeCourtney’s presentation will discuss the challenges and successes faced by the program, the process of implementation, and how it has been embraced by the remote First Nations communities.“First Nations people want to provide care to their elderly and dying residents in their home communities. They do not want people to end their lives among strangers in hospitals or long-term care facilities. Through collaborations such as this, we will generate strategies to improve aboriginal health care in Northwestern Ontario,” said Dr. Mary Lou Kelley, Director, CERAH.

The presentation is open to the public and will be broadcast to local NORTH Network videoconference sites across the region. It will also be web cast. To attend in person or via web cast, please contact Linda Pisco at (807) 766-7269. To register for the video cast, please contact your local Ontario Telemedicine Site Coordinator.

Media: For an interview with Dr. Mary Lou Kelly, please call (807) 343-8617.

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For further information, contact Eleanor Abaya, Director of Communications at 343-8372

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